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Méabh de Brún is an award-winning actor, playwright and writer who explores difficult subjects through black comedy and dark fantasy.
Her fiction has been published in such literary magazines as The Stinging Fly, Banshee Press, Neon Hemlock and more. Her work has featured in Solas Nua's 'View Source' anthology of contemporary Irish writing. She is a finalist for the RTÉ Francis MacManus Short Story Award, a winner of the Irish Independent's New Irish Writing and has been awarded a Tyrone Guthrie Centre residency.
As a playwright, Méabh is a recipient of the DCLI/ACDI Playwriting Award for her first one-act play ‘Dead Man’s Bells’, which picked up eight festival awards overall, one of which was her award for Best Actor. Her first full-length play ‘GRAND’ was staged as a rehearsed reading by Prime Cut Productions, and her play ‘And Tomorrow I'll Dance With You’ was shortlisted for The Women's Playwriting Prize, staged as part of The New Theatre's New Writing Development Week and was a 2022 Druid Debut. In 2022, her plays ‘Dead Man’s Bells‘ and ‘Bring Your A Game’ were staged at Milwaukee Irish Fest, showcasing contemporary Irish writing.
In her writing for screen, Méabh was longlisted for the 2020 BBC Writersroom placing in the top 3% of nearly 4,000 scripts. Her scripted adaptation of her short story ‘Saint Sisters and the Sea’ was a semi-finalist for the Waterford Film Festival and the Kerry International Film Festival. Her script for the short film 'Locked' was a finalist in the Kerry International Film Festival, was longlisted in the UK Film Festival Script Competition, placed as semi-finalist in the 2022 Los Angeles International Screenplay Awards and was a finalist for the 2022 Ardán/RTÉ Short Film Commission.
Performing onstage from an early age, Méabh has a wide range of a theatrical experience. She has performed professionally with The New Theatre, Axis Balllymun and the Gaiety Performance Theatre Company, among others, and has been the recipient of a number of national best actor festival awards. As a voice actor, she has performed in video games, radio plays and commercial voiceover work. She particularly enjoys performing in audio drama, and currently features in 'The Silt Verses' from the makers of 'I Am In Eskew', 'Omen' from the producers of 'Girl In Space' and 'The Secret of St. Kilda' from Haggis and Dragons Productions. She has won a number of Audio Verse Awards for her performances in audio drama, including Best Performer in an Existing Production, Best Performer in a New Production and Best Guest Performer in a New Production. She has written and will feature in her own upcoming radio play 'High Spirits' as part of Near FM's 2023 audio anthology.
She lives and works in Kerry, Ireland, and is a proud recipient of the Valentino Scholarship for Emerging Writers as presented by Tomi Adeyemi's Writer's Roadmap and Maison Valentino
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